Branford Prepares for Next Natural Disasters

by Diana Stricker | Dec 9, 2017 9:24 am

Diana Stricker PhotoIt’s time to update the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan that has already succeeded in bringing federal dollars to Branford projects, particularly Linden Avenue.

Town Engineer Janice Plaziak discussed the process with the Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their meeting Wednesday evening. One of the first steps to update the plan is for Branford residents to complete an online survey that’s on the town’s web site.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 8, 2017 7:29 am

File PhotoChristmas activities reach a fever pitch this weekend and the next. The touch of snow expected Saturday should lend a festive touch to the annual Stony Creek Christmas Pageant. Check out any number of concerts including the Thimble Islands Sax Quartet, the Branford Chorale, BHS Music Makers, Trinity Church concert in New Haven, and, looking ahead, Branford’s own Messiah. If you’re too busy to bake, pick up some cookies at the Branford Compassion Club. And, most importantly, if you need help obtaining health insurance, stop by the ACA Enrollment Event on Sunday at Fire Headquarters. Got a cool event? Email sebahner@snet.net by Wednesday noon.

Friday, Dec. 8

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Town’s Historic Blackstone Library Reaches Out

by marcia chambers | Dec 7, 2017 8:24 am

 When Timothy B. Blackstone wanted to honor the memory of his father who was born in Branford in 1793, he decided to give the town of Branford a gift, a gift to guarantee that his father’s name, James Blackstone, lives on.

To that end, he decided to build a library, a special library whose exterior would be white marble and whose doors would be bronze. The cost was said to have been about $300,000, a steep figure back in the 1890s. The library’s dedication took place on June 17, 1896. “The next day it was opened for use with a stock of 5,000 books,” Town Historian Jane Bouley reports.

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New Veterinary Facility Pays Homage to Old Roots

by Sally E. Bahner | Dec 6, 2017 9:05 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoIt’s fitting that an 80-year-old veterinary practice built on caring for farm animals is reinventing itself on the site of a well-known Branford farm.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBranford Veterinary Hospital, the oldest veterinary practice in Branford, will soon relocate to a new facility in a former cornfield adjacent to the former Bahnsen farm on Route 139. Site work is now underway and a July 2018 opening is expected.

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Rising Seas and Rising Concerns about Limited POCD Meetings

by Diana Stricker | Dec 4, 2017 7:41 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoBranford’s treasured shoreline is both a blessing and a challenge, according to the majority of people who attended a public workshop to discuss the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

Marcia Chambers PhotoAbout 220 people participated in the workshop which was held in the cafeteria at Walsh Intermediate School Wednesday evening. They selected coastal issues as the number-one area of concern, particularly the impact of rising seas and frequent storms.

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Tree Lighting Parade Brings Out Huge Crowd

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 29, 2017 7:12 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt couldn’t have been a better night. On Saturday, the 19th Annual Branford Tree Lighting Parade stepped off from Branford High School and headed to the Town Green with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on a vintage fire truck to light the town’s Christmas tree.

Bill O'Brien PhotoThe temperature was in the low 50s and that had a lot to do with the several thousand residents and friends that were lined up to 6-to-10 deep on sections along Main Street. They had waited for this moment. Especially the kids.

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Plan of Conservation and Development Public Workshop Wednesday

by Staff | Nov 28, 2017 8:00 am

File PhotoWhat will Branford look like in 10 years?

Remember: The only public workshop to make suggestions for Branford’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) will be this Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Walsh Intermediate School cafeteria, 185 Damascus Road. The state requires municipalities to update the POCD every 10 years. There will also be discussions and surveys with boards and commissions and a phone survey of residents. The POCD committee meetings are open to the public, and comments can be sent to Town planner Harry Smith at hsmith@branford-ct.gov.

In the spring, there will be a public meeting to discuss the proposed draft, and there will be a public hearing in the fall to discuss the proposed plan. Click here to read more about the POCD. 

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 24, 2017 7:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoBy now the bird has been consumed and leftovers are stuffed into the fridge. Turkey soup, anyone? Thanksgiving has made its brief appearance, squeaking in between the candy of Halloween and the car commercials of Christmas. Do take some time amid the chaos to enjoy our beautiful town – the exciting parade and tree lighting, the festive stores – and the opportunities to give to others during the holiday season. And get ready for the Messiah.

Friday, Nov. 24

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Give a Cop the Bird Nets 182 Turkeys

by marcia chambers | Nov 23, 2017 8:28 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoThe Branford Police Department and the Big Y supermarket joined forces this Thanksgiving for their annual turkey fundraiser to benefit the Community Dining Room and the Branford Food Pantry. By the end of the day the cops had collected a record 182 turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. 

Lt. Dave Galdenzi (top photo) parked a police van outside of the Big Y on Saturday where he and his partner collected the turkeys and put them in the back of the truck.

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